September 30, 2014 |
The average annual gas price was $1.08. President Bill Clinton was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And the Eagles, under coach Ray Rhodes, went 3-13 and placed last in the NFC East. The year was 1998. It marks the last time Catholic League powerhouses La Salle and Archbishop Wood squared off on the gridiron. That 16-year break ends Friday night when the Vikings, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, and the No. 2 Explorers meet at William Tennent for area bragging rights.
September 30, 2014 |
Samantha Davis was still in high school at Bishop McDevitt when her father would bring home tapes of football games he had officiated and review them. Sometimes during these film sessions, she would walk by and say, "Wasn't that a penalty?" And her father would tell her, "You should do this. " Davis is a 2014 La Salle University graduate who, in addition to taking her father's advice, is now taking graduate school classes in history at La Salle. She spends her weekends looking for pass interference and works a side job on the sideline at Eagles games.
September 29, 2014 |
Lamar Stevens used to watch older basketball players at the Haverford School gather college offers. And he said he always wanted it to be him. "Now that it is me, it's a little surreal," the junior said. It's also starting to get busy for Stevens. Stanford will visit him at school on Sunday. Vanderbilt will check in later in the week. The 6-foot-6 small forward will visit Penn State on Oct. 25 and Indiana on Nov. 14. He has scholarship offers from Indiana, Penn State, La Salle, St. Joseph's, Temple, Villanova, and others.
September 28, 2014
SOCCER CATHOLIC LEAGUE La Salle 2, Father Judge 1: The Explorers remained undefeated in league play after beating Judge, the No. 7 team in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania rankings. The hosts scored twice in the first half, including James Hughes' first tally of the season. The junior center back headed in Sean Clinton's cross from the left side. Senior Clint Ormsby had nine saves for La Salle. Archbishop Wood 6, Bishop McDevitt 0: R.J. Liszewski's hat trick was enough for the No. 1 Vikings to stay undefeated.
September 25, 2014 |
For Spencer Patton, every second that ticked off the scoreboard clock at Lower Bartley Field felt like a minute. His La Salle soccer team was up a goal in a taut game against visiting St. Joseph's Prep, and the final few minutes dragged on and on for the sophomore tricaptain. Every cleared ball didn't seem to go far enough, and every free kick for the Hawks looked like a dangerous opportunity. But then the whistle finally blew Tuesday afternoon, and the Explorers' 2-1, come-from-behind win was complete, propelled by two goals in a four-minute span of the Catholic League game.
September 22, 2014 |
Similar to Penn State, with its "Linebacker U" nickname, the Brady family has developed a reputation for developing talent at that marquee football position, with Ryan the latest in the line at La Salle. Ryan Brady's father, John, played linebacker at the old Archbishop Kennedy and Ursinus. His brother, Shane, was a key performer there at La Salle (Class of 2010) and Lafayette. Continuing the tradition in eye-catching fashion, Ryan Brady registered 15 tackles, including 11 in a sensational first half, as the visiting Explorers muffled Malvern Prep, 27-8, Saturday in a nonleague game at Pellegrini Athletic Complex.
September 20, 2014 |
In what's likely to be a fast-paced game with back-and-forth scoring, Kyle Shurmur and La Salle will visit Alex Hornibrook and Malvern Prep at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pellegrini Athletic Complex. The Explorers, 2-1 and ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, average 34.7 points. The No. 11 Friars, also 2-1, are scoring at a 27.7-point clip. Both employ spread offenses. Shurmur, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder bound for Vanderbilt, has completed 68 of 100 passes for an area-high 924 yards and 12 touchdowns.
September 17, 2014 |
With his team moments away from another tie, Jason Dandy delivered on Monday afternoon. The La Salle senior scored with 25 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Explorers past Conwell-Egan, 1-0, in a Catholic League boys' soccer game. La Salle tied Holy Ghost Prep, 1-1, on Saturday. Nonleague. A.J. Marcucci made four saves and assisted on Ramon Gallegos' go-ahead goal in the second half of Episcopal Academy's 2-0 win at Phelps. Girls' Soccer Emily Wasserleben headed in her own rebound six minutes into overtime to secure a 2-1, Suburban One National win for William Tennent at Abington.
September 12, 2014 |
It was in the mid-1990s when Drew Gordon, then La Salle's offensive coordinator, took notice of a sophomore reserve. "He kind of stood out because he worked so hard and, even as one of the younger guys on the team, was a leader," said Gordon, now the Explorers' head coach. That player was Travis Manion. Later, as a hard-nosed senior fullback and defensive lineman, he played a key role in La Salle's drive to a 12-1 record and the Catholic League title. After making his mark at La Salle, where he also excelled in wrestling and lacrosse, Manion went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and, following in the footsteps of his father, became a Marine Corps officer.
September 11, 2014 |
DEFENDING regular-season Big East champion Villanova will open its conference schedule on Dec. 31 at home against Butler. The Wildcats close on March 7 at the Wells Fargo Center with St. John's. Their other games in South Philly are against Marquette on Feb. 4 and Georgetown 3 days later. Their games at the Pavilion are against De Paul (Jan. 10), Xavier (Jan. 14), Creighton (Jan. 25), Seton Hall (Feb. 16) and Providence (Feb. 24). The Wildcats start on Nov. 14 against Lehigh at the new PPL Center in Allentown, which will be a homecoming for senior guard and Lehigh Valley native Darrun Hilliard.